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663: How I Read It

663: How I Read It

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Cosmocide

When I eat lucky charms sometimes the marshmallows get stuck under the spoon and when I eat it it surprises me.

Mar 21st
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Tim De Brabandere

She led him in the interview. She even points it out herself. Not great journalism. “How does that make you feel?” She seemed biased.

Feb 15th
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Pat Maloney

I'm not American. And I always find these episodes poignant. I think a desire for respite from political perturbations is entirely understandable, the preference to feel calm enough to move through a cherished ritual which you relied on as a space of non-taxing socio-cultural reflection and discovery without a sense of impending fatal cacophany, seems relatable. I always cherished how this show gave us cause, space, means and entertainement enough to empathize and relate to what might not otherwise be our experience. It was the story of the spider and their web on the otherside of a tree we shared. I think its important to percieve the comments people make on these shows with that same unconditional curious empathy. It helps us become more aware of what is constructing what influences what affects us, which means we can cultivate its best condition. I think people would argue the inheirant condition of 'American'. Which isn't a thing, unless its a thing for all 3 continents and its people. And I think thats the point of TAL, being American is a big big complicated nuanced thing, they want to show that in all of its ways. I enjoy that.

Feb 11th
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John Brown

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Dec 26th
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Megan Amort

It's called This AMERICAN Life, not Your Comfortable and Subtly Funny Life. Being American is inherently political - unless your privilege shields you from having to care. Love this program, always have and probably always will.

Dec 18th
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Armando Monroy

Megan Amort It's funny, this attempt at shaming an online stranger is something I'd never understand. Instead of forming an actual talking point or opinion, you spew hate. "Comfortable" and "Funny" aren't words I think you'd use for the episode I mentioned in my original comment. That episode mostly focuses around death and grieving. But hey, you'd know that if you weren't just shooting insults from the hip. Oh well.

Feb 11th
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Pat Maloney

Megan Amort So I guess Armando found his 'probably' to be when the show was something he couldnt enjoy anymore because of the emotional load he felt from it. He probably feels like he lost something which was otherwise a reliable space to discover something pure and unbiased. I think its fair to feel a sense of loss at that realization.

Feb 11th
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Armando Monroy

For fucks sake, can we get ONE episode that doesn't get political? You guys used to be one of my favorite shows. Now it just feels like you're pushing agendas every week. I remember the days of "One last thing before I go". One of my all time favorite episodes out of all the shows I listen to. Can we please just go back to that. Also, bring back the old Kanye while you're at it.

Dec 12th
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Spencer Riehl

Armando Monroy what was political about this episode in particular

Dec 22nd
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Armando Monroy

John Doppke Yes. He probably would.

Dec 17th
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663: How I Read It

663: How I Read It

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